St. Joseph the Worker Church



March 30, 2020

Dear Parishioners and friends of St. Joseph the Worker,
In desiring to have immediate communication with our parishioners, friends, and those spiritually connected with our parish, I have St. Joseph the Worker subscribing to Flocknote. It's a wonderful notification system specifically designed for churches that allows us to reach all our parishioners at a moment's notice, and allowing you to stay connected with our parish and our parishioners.

Signing up for Flocknote will allow you to receive updates from me and the latest information regarding St. Joseph the Worker Church.

This communication tool will not only be most valuable as we navigate through our current "shelter in place" situation but will be an easy, efficient ongoing way of staying connected in the future. And of course for any reason you can choose to opt out at any time.

Hien Dao one of our dear parishioners will graciously be helping manage our Flocknotes and will also be assisting me as we begin looking into further social media upgrades.

Please sign up for the St. Joseph the Worker Flocknote through this link: https://stjosephtheworkerca.flocknote.com

And thank you for those who have already registered and signed-up.

Praying for all of you,
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega



Important Message for Parishioners
of St. Joseph the Worker Church

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

For the time being, in desiring to avoid the novelty and possible undignified atmosphere of drive-thru confessions with potential media attention, etc., I will happily schedule private Confessions for our St. Joseph the Worker parishioners by appointment.

Time and location will be arranged with your "privacy" and safety concerns in mind.

You can email me at: fatherkennethnobrega@icloud.com or simply leave a voicemail message at our parish office number: 510-843-2244 which is automatically forwarded to me.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

~ Fr. Kenneth, Nobrega




Message from Fr. Kenneth Nobrega

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Joseph,

I pray all of you are doing well as we adjust to this current situation. These past four days have been rather intense and busy for me personally in my addressing emails, making and taking phone calls and dealing with my deliverance ministry and office issues, etc. Today I began looking into a contact service called FLOCKNOTE that will allow me to quickly communicate with you and send parish update notices, via text, emails, etc. I am also planning on offering "Drive thru" confessions in our church parking lot and perhaps such things such as Benediction Blessings with the Holy Sacrament. On Monday morning I am scheduled to have a conference call with Bishop Barber and some other priests to discuss pastoral, liturgical and financial issues and perhaps will have more clarity and direction on how best to move forward in the near future.

If you would like to be included in receiving messages from me and our parish church thru Flocknote group Text messaging, please email me your name and cell phone numbers. And if you know anyone else who may want to be included in our communications please ask them to email me their email address and cell phone numbers as well. One other thing, PLEASE, PLEASE sign up for electronic giving for your weekly tithing and donations thru our Pushpay electronic gift giving service. Its quick and easy to do thru the donation tab on our website or via Text giving: 77977. Please consider encouraging your friends and fellow parishioners to sign up as well because "we" at St. Joseph the Worker are on our own financially and cannot count on being bailed out by the Diocese for financial support. We've struggled too hard and achieved too much as a parish church to let this situation beat us down.

The most difficult or rather the saddest time of the day for me personally has been offering the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass alone in our church knowing that people are "out there" but can't attend Mass. However I continue to bring you along with me spiritually realizing this is all temporary and this too will soon pass.

Keep praying and please make a joyful effort in enjoying God's goodness this weekend.

Thank you and may God bless you all!

Fr. Kenneth Nobrega



ATTENTION PARISHIONERS

Dear Parishioners and friends of St. Joseph the Worker,

In collaboration with local Bay Area officials, and in service to the common good of our communities and our country, the Diocese of Oakland under the direction of Bishop Michael Barber has suspended all public Masses. All other events at parishes and schools are to be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled until further notice. The diocese chancery office has been closed with some staff working from home.

Because we are unable to continuously clean and sanitize the church per CDC guidelines regarding the virus and out of concern for our parishioners and for the good of public health in not wanting to contribute to the possible spread of the virus, St. Joseph the Worker will unfortunately be closed for the time being until further notice.

At the recommendation of the diocese our parish office will also be closed but you may leave a message at (510) 843-2244 for urgent needs.

While public Masses with the faithful are not permitted, please know that I will be offering a private daily Mass at St. Joseph the Worker church and will be bringing you along with me spiritually.

(Previously scheduled Mass intentions will be honored and offered).

And although parish Masses are suspended, please kindly continue to support St. Joseph the Worker as you are able to do so with your ongoing Sunday tithing/donations via mail, website donation tab or text 77977 as this health crisis is also a hardship for our parish church. Your support and generosity during this time is appreciated. Thank you.

Our current situation with the uncertainty of it all is making this a Lenten season to remember. Prayer is essential in order to go through this trial with peace and confidence in the Lord. Remember the great quote from Saint Padre Pio; "Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer."

Please keep me in your daily prayers as I pray for you.

Fr. Kenneth Nobrega



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PROTECTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH



PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH IN TRIALS OF THE CHURCH

"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.

Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.

Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.

Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."